On 13/03/18 16:13, terryc wrote:
What is a simple spreadsheet program that can be installed under
Stretch. I need to do some work quickly
hint, if your answer is LibreOffice or similar read the question again.
I'm frustrated that the last few time I wanted to do a simple
spreadsheet layout, it was easier and faster to craft a LaTex document
then try and unfathom LibreOffice methods.

Is your goal calculation or the preparation of tables for documents?

I also long avoided the complexity of LibreOffice Calc, but a modest investment of time has left me satisfied with the results. Things I like:

- Flexible CSV import/export. I like to manipulate CSV files with grep, perl, and geany, and then import into Calc. Nothing is quicker than Ctrl-D in a text editor for deleting unwanted rows. I also use a regex to convert all dates to (for example) ISO 8601 here as fixing date values in Calc can be painful (but formatting is easy with Ctrl-1). Then CSV import to slurp it into Calc, delete unwanted columns, and copy and paste into the target sheet.

- Copy a rectangular subset in Calc then Paste Special / HTML in Writer is an easy way to get calculated tables into a PDF document.

- Interoperability with Windows users via DOCX gives them something they can alter.

LibreOffice can be daunting at first but I found that a little persistence went a long way. Even from my perspective as a TeX/LaTeX user and programmer with much experience in data ingestion and reporting, LibreOffice lets me get small things done more quickly. I recommend it.

You can use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, producing delicious nut butter, if you do not mind the crunchy bits of shell. :-)

Kind regards,

Ben Caradoc-Davies <b...@transient.nz>
Transient Software Limited <https://transient.nz/>
New Zealand

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